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We are beyond excited for this AK Halloween party with the theme: "Día de los Muertos." This does not mean that you have to have a costume that is relevant to the theme or that you even have to have a costume on. Our doors are wide open- except you, murderers. You stay away. Like last year's, please enter through the back entrance of the store to the event space as the front door will be closed (the store closes at 7 PM y'all). The party begins at 8 PM and goes until 11 PM (or until we say it does!!).
- It's actually two days. Traditionally the holiday is celebrated on November 1 and 2.
- Day of the Dead is actually celebrated in other Latin American countries but it is very widely celebrated in Mexico, which is why it's normally associated with the country.
- The holiday focuses on bringing friends and family together to pray for and remember loved ones that have passed.
- In memoriam of the deceased, people build private altars (called "ofrendas" in Spanish) that consist of Mexican marigolds, decorative skulls (calaveras), photographs, and the loved ones favorite foods, drinks, and possessions.
- The holiday dates back to an Aztec holiday, which was dedicated to the goddess, "Lady of the dead," which can be seen as today's modern character, "La Catrina."
- All of these girls doing "sugar skull" make up are actually dressing up as La Catrina. Mexican artist José Guadelupe Posada once drew La Catrina as a skeleton and it sort of stuck around.